Sunday, June 25, 2023

The bridegroom cometh!

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The Bridegroom cometh.

YE virgin souls, arise;
   With all the dead, awake;
   Unto salvation wise,
   Oil in your vessels take:
   Upstarting at the midnight cry—
   Behold the heavenly Bridegroom nigh!

2 He comes, he comes, to call
   The nations to his bar,
   And take to glory all
   Who meet for glory are:
   Made ready for your full reward;
   Go forth with joy to meet your Lord.

3 Go, meet him in the sky,
   Your everlasting Friend;
   Your Head to glorify,
   With all his saints ascend:
   Ye pure in heart, obtain the grace
   To see, without a veil, his face.

4 The everlasting doors
   Shall soon the saints receive,
   With seraphs, thrones, and powers,
   In glorious joy to live;
   Far from a world of grief and sin,
   With God eternally shut in.

5 Then let us wait to hear
   The trumpet’s welcome sound:
   To see our Lord appear,
   May we be watching found:
   And when thou dost the heavens bow,
   Be found—as, Lord, thou find’st us now.
                         Charles Wesley
                        Methodist Episcopal hymnal (1870 edition)

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